Criterion Three. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

The institution provides high quality education wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

NMSU-A provides quality learning opportunities to individuals through an array of educational possibilities, including academic transfer courses, career-technical programs, ABE skills, community education for lifelong learning, and workforce training. The college has implemented a variety of student learning assessment practices that ensure program and course quality (see Criterion 4).

NMSU-A provides quality learning opportunities to individuals through an array of educational possibilities, including academic transfer courses, career-technical programs, ABE skills, community education for lifelong learning, and workforce training. The college has implemented a variety of student learning assessment practices that ensure program and course quality (see Criterion 4).

All Associate Degree programs offered by NMSU-A that are intended for transfer to four-year colleges incorporate at least 35 credit hours of the State of New Mexico’s general education transfer common core courses. AAS and Associate Degree Nursing programs incorporate a lesser number due to the technical education needs in those programs.

All students are provided ongoing support through a variety of resources, including tutoring, skills development, technology training, financial aid, and specialized services.

Regular evaluations assure that both faculty and staff are current in their fields of expertise. Faculty and staff are provided with professional development opportunities through both funding opportunities for external development and through NMSU sponsored events.

Students and instructors are provided with the infrastructure necessary for effective teaching and learning at NMSU-A, including computer equipment and software, internet access, secure online learning platforms, computer labs, science labs, art labs, performance spaces, clinical and practicum sites, and full information services through the Townsend Library.

Students who are first entering college receive extensive advising, including placement testing, new student orientation, and career exploration.

The college’s educational environment is also enriched through the quality learning opportunities available through a variety of performances and cultural events for the campus and the community.

 

  • 3.A. The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.
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  • 3.B. The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.
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  • 3.C. The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
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  • 3.D. The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.
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  • 3.E. The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.
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